The Chemical Educator
ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)
Abstract Volume 10
Issue 5 (2005) pp 447-451
Enzyme Kinetics of Catalase—An Introductory Chemistry Laboratory
Matthew S. Gibson, Brandon J. Cruickshank,* and John K. Nauman
Department of Chemistry, Northern Arizona University,
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5698, email@example.com
Published online: 21 Novenber 2005
Abstract. An introductory chemistry laboratory designed for an advanced high school or a college environment is presented. The experiment uses the enzyme catalase to catalyze the breakdown of hydrogen peroxide. The experiment covers important concepts including reaction rates, order of reaction, oxidation–reduction, plotting and analyzing data, and enzyme catalysis. This experiment was developed as part of a continuing curriculum reform effort in our introductory chemistry laboratories to integrate biological and chemical concepts, to reduce "cookbook" procedures, and to foster greater student engagement in the learning process.
Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; general chemistry; kinetics; enzyme
(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The experimental handout and pre-laboratory questions are available in a Zip file (110 KB).
Issue date: December 1, 2005